Your Skincare Questions Answered

Nothing in this life is permanent. Wrinkles are a part of life, and there is nothing we can do to stop them. In some cases, wrinkles can be beautiful (as worn by happy, confident, and healthy men and women).  However I am more inclined to think they look beautiful on someone else – as I personally wish to avoid them!

To me, part of aging gracefully means maintaining the health of my mind, my soul, and my body. Part of this total care includes a desire to protect the largest organ of my body – my skin. And by doing so I can minimize skin damage (and those unwelcome lines). But how do we care for our skin? What does it need to have that beautiful, natural glow? 

There is so much misinformation out there on the topic of beauty and skincare. I cut out the Google search and met an expert aesthetician with permanently photoshopped skin- Daniela Woerner. Daniela is a licensed aesthetician, laser technician, and the founder of AddoAesthetics; a health and beauty consulting company.  She is an author, business coach, educator, and mentor who provides business and strategic planning skills to health and beauty professionals; assisting them in building successful and lucrative careers without compromising the experience and results of their patients.  Daniela is a member of the Associated Skin Care Professionals (ASCP).

Daniela kindly answered some questions about skincare products and what we should (and shouldn’t) be doing to our skin. In general, this is Daniela’s skincare philosophy-

“Skincare is something that means very different things for people.  Some wash their face with soap and water and others use all of the latest and greatest serums on their skin morning and night.  Personally, I believe that the answer is located somewhere in the middle and is based on your age and desired result.  At the bare minimum, you should be using a facial cleanser, a moisturizer, and an SPF daily.” 

And then we got into specifics. Here’s the key to Daniela’s flawless skin: 
1. What is the best thing you can do for your skin?
Be consistent with your regimen – always go to bed with clean skin and stay hydrated inside and out.
2. What is one common mistake women make in caring for their skin?
Overcleansing their skin.  Women in the United States tend to like foaming cleansers that make their skin squeaky clean.  They don’t feel like their skin is clean without that foam but unfortunately what most of them are doing is stripping their skin.  The oil in our skin is a natural protectant from free radical damage. When we strip that away, not only do we stress our skin but we need more products to replenish the oil, and often we create fine lines from dehydrated skin.  Think about it in terms of a raisin and a grape; One has moisture and one does not.  We want our skin to stay like grapes – smooth and hydrated!
3. For women like me who have very sensitive skin, what types of products or treatments do you recommend?
For all women, including those with sensitive skin I always recommend medical grade products.  I think that there is a common misconception that medical grade equals too strong, but that is not the case at all.  One of my favorite medical grade skincare lines is called NeoCutis.  The line was actually developed out of a lab in Switzerland where they were growing skin to treat pediatric burns.  They were able to achieve scarless healing and saw the potential benefit the product could have on the skincare market.  They introduced the product line and the anti-aging industry has not been the same since.
4. How do you help minimize lines and wrinkles?
First and foremost, I use a broad-spectrum physical block with a minimum SPF of 30 every single day – even in the winter.  A large portion of my life was spent in Hawaii where it is very easy for people to understand the importance of wearing sunscreen daily.  Here on the mainland, I think most apply an SPF in the summer months but not in the winter. 
Let me explain why it is so important.  The two types of UV radiation that we are concerned about are UVA and UVB.  An easy way to remember the difference is that UVA causes aging and UVB causes burning. UVA can pass through glass.  Have you ever left a piece of furniture in the window and the part that was in the sun completely faded out?  That is from UVA and each time you are in the sun without protection, you are exposing yourself to that level of damage. 
5. What are your favorite products? Treatments?
Right now, with the cold winter air I have been layering on extra BioSerum by NeoCutis, Hydrating B5 Gel by SkinCeuticals and TNS Ceramide Cream by SkinMedica.   My skin would not have survived this winter without them!
As far as treatments go, I am a sucker for dermaplaning.  It is an exfoliation treatment that also removes all of the vellus hair on your face.  It leaves my skin with such a smooth texture. My make up glides on and I get deeper product penetration.  It is also a treatment that is completely safe for women who are pregnant or nursing.
6. Now that spring and summer are approaching, what sunscreen do you recommend? Any natural ones?
My two absolute favorites are:
Physical 41 by EltaMD
Physical Fusion SPF 50 by SkinCeuticals
They are both broad-spectrum pure physical blocks with no chemicals or parabens.  They are tinted so you don’t have that white, chalky look that is sometimes associated with physical sunscreens.
7. I love exfoliating at least once a week with a homemade sugar scrub. What do you think about exfoliating and the DIY options? 
I think that is great for your body but your face, neck, and décolletage are another story.  DIY options can be a fun thing to do for yourself or with a group of girlfriends, but I don’t think that it is a results-oriented approach to skincare.  There are years of science that go behind many exfoliating products, and if you are legitimately wanting to make changes in your skin and prevent aging, that is the route you need to go.   
8. Besides staying away from the sun, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and exercising, what else can we do for our skin? 
You can drink water and lots of it.  Most people think they drink more water than they actually do.  My goal is to shoot for three liters per day.  If you are a coffee drinker you need to increase that amount.  For each cup of coffee you need to drink the same amount of water to bring you back to neutral. 
Omega oils and probiotics taken as supplements also benefit the skin.  I recommend them to all of my patients as part of their skincare regimen. 
9. Is wearing make-up everyday bad for our skin? 
Not if it is mineral make-up.  Wearing mineral make-up daily can actually be beneficial for our skin.  Titanium dioxide is one of the main ingredients in mineral make up (and physical sunscreens).  Some of the moms out there may recognize titanium dioxide from another product they use regularly – diaper rash cream.  Titanium dioxide has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties.  My all time favorite mineral make-up line is Jane Iredale.  They make a full line with pressed powders, BB creams, blushes, eye shadows, and more.  They are even recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.  It is the only make-up I use on my skin and have been happy with it for years.
10. What is something we don’t do enough of to help our skin? 
I am going to sound like a broken record, but my answer is wear a broad spectrum SPF 30, or above, every single day.  There are studies that show more than 90% of the visible signs of aging are caused by the sun ( ). If you want to keep your skin looking young and healthy, wear your SPF every day.

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